WHO SAYS GETTING OLDER MEANS GIVING UP ON STAYING FIT? MEET THE CENTENARIANS STARING DOWN THEIR TWILIGHT YEARS BY STAYING ACTIVE
Meet the centenarians who are young at heart.
It’s been eight years since Ray Weiss last missed his regular 10am Pilates class. This morning is no exception: the former pastor is in a communal room at Uniting Northaven Turramurra, an aged-care home in Sydney’s upper north shore, waiting for the session to start. He is 45 minutes early. It should be noted that Weiss is 97 years old.
While the nonagenarian now gets around with the help of a Zimmer frame, Weiss says he has no intention of giving up his regular exercise routine, weakening limbs be damned. In fact, he credits Pilates for his good health and badgers other residents at the home to join him.
“If you stop moving, that’s it,” Weiss tells Stellar. “You see some people come in here and they don’t even try. Sometimes they only last a week before they’re heading back out the door in a box!”
Weiss says he doesn’t spend much time worrying about whether or not he’ll make it to 100. He just wants to remain as mobile as he can until his last day.
THAT ATTITUDE IS on the rise among those aged 85 and older, who happen to be part of the fasting-growing age group in Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are around 4870 centenarians at present; by 2050, they are expected to number 41,100.
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